David Henshaw: Why it’s best to vote for me

David Henshaw: Why it’s best to vote for me


David Henshaw (courtesy David Henshaw)

This week, we invited the candidates working in aggressive races within the Nov. 7 Common Election to write down a submit about why Arlington residents ought to vote for them. Discover data on how and the place to vote right here.

Beneath is the unedited response from David Henshawwho’s working for the fortieth Virginia State Senate District as a Republican. His opponent, Democratic incumbent Barbara Favola, didn’t submit an essay.

My identify is David Henshaw. I’m a Christian, husband, and father of two ladies. I used to be privileged to serve our nation as an Air Pressure pilot for over 24 years, and I stay enthusiastic about combating for our particular person freedom and liberty. If elected to the State Senate, I promise to serve our group and guarantee Arlington stays a terrific place to reside.

My high precedence is to guard the sanctity of the household by increasing the legislation to guard mother or father’s rights in our public faculties. I imagine dad and mom know what’s finest for his or her youngsters and ought to be on the head of the desk. My opponent, Senator Favola, voted to permit college students to cover gender dysphoria from their dad and mom and in opposition to requiring parental evaluation of sexually specific materials. Notification is required to go on a discipline journey or present an aspirin — shouldn’t dad and mom be notified a few main challenge like dysphoria?

I additionally disagree with Senator Favola on whether or not male college students ought to compete in feminine sports activities and use feminine locker rooms. Whereas we must always present compassion and shield transgender college students from bullying and harassment, we have to do it in a manner that’s truthful and secure. Males mustn’t compete in opposition to ladies — it’s not truthful; and they need to not use feminine locker rooms — it’s not secure.

Our faculties had been one of many final within the nation to re-open after COVID, driving a tangible lack of studying that’s mirrored within the lowest 4th and eighth grade math and studying scores in over 20 years. I would supply dad and mom a alternative of their youngsters’s schooling by providing Training Financial savings Accounts that allow them to make use of a portion of their tax cash to put money into private choices. I’d additionally fund at the very least one faculty in every district with a year-round possibility, and increase the variety of constitution faculties.

I assist free-market insurance policies whereas my opponent is for larger authorities and better taxes, regardless of inflation that’s uncontrolled and outpacing wage progress. Arlingtonians are uninterested in excessive fuel costs and grocery payments which can be up 27% since 2020. I’d decrease the company tax price, decrease the private tax charges, and take away extreme regulation. I’d additionally tie the tax brackets to inflation — they haven’t modified since 1990 — and add brackets to ease the burden on the decrease and center class.

I’d additionally repeal each the Clear Automotive legislation and the Clear Financial system Act. Each harm the decrease and center class whereas offering miniscule profit to the atmosphere. Research point out that electrical vehicles value roughly $10,000 greater than fuel vehicles, and power prices will enhance $800/month for the typical household underneath these legal guidelines.

Crime is up in Arlington yearly for the reason that 2020 “Defund the Police” marketing campaign and laws that my opponent supported. A number of Arlingtonians inform me they not really feel secure to stroll alone of their neighborhoods. Crime was up 18% within the newest 2022 report, and the Arlington police chief indicated he’s quick 100 legislation enforcement officers. We should recruit and rent extra legislation enforcement heroes and totally fund our departments.

My objective was to current you with a transparent distinction between my coverage positions and people of my opponent. I hope you discover my views commonsense and pragmatic, and respectfully request your vote on Nov seventh. Collectively we are able to make Virginia a beacon of success for your entire nation and a terrific place to reside, work, and lift a household.

David Henshaw (R)

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